Singapore shares fell on Wednesday, but Genting Singapore Plc
outperformed the market on hopes that the casino
operator will benefit from an improving economic outlook in
China, traders said.
The Straits Times Index was down 0.4 percent at
3,111.69 points, while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific
shares outside Japan was 0.1 percent lower.
Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd fell 3.5 percent
while Jardine Cycle and Carriage Ltd declined 2.8
Genting Singapore shares rose as much as 5.4 percent to
S$1.47, the highest since May 30. More than 36 million shares
were traded, 1.7 times the average full-day volume over the past
Deutsche upgraded Genting Singapore's stock to "buy" from
"hold" and lifted its target price to S$1.63 from S$1.38, citing
signs of recovery in China, stabilising operating costs and a
potential entry into the Japanese market.
Shares of oil and gas services provider Ezra Holdings
surged as much as 15.2 percent. Nearly 16 million
shares were traded, 6.4 times the average full-day volume over
the past 30 days.
Ezra had not responded to a Singapore Exchange query.
In late August, Ezra addressed media reports that Samsung
Heavy Industries was considering a takeover bid for the
"The company wishes to clarify that it is not aware nor has
it been engaged on the subject of a takeover of the company by
SHI," Ezra said then.